Mobile App Update Adds New Login and Submit Features

The federal grant application process is anything but simple. From searching for funding opportunities to submitting carefully crafted applications, there are complexities at every turn.

To this end, Grants.gov is always looking for ways to make applicant tasks more convenient. The Grants.gov Mobile App (available for Android and iOS), with its latest update, is a perfect example of this focus.

With convenient new login and submit features coming to the mobile app, applicants can now do even more while they are away from their desk or laptop.

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Federal Funding Spotlight on Housing Programs Supporting the Elderly & Veterans

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights open grant opportunities related to housing, including programs supporting…

  • the development and ongoing operation of supportive rental housing for very low-income persons, aged 62 years or older
  • case management services to improve the retention of housing by Veterans who were previously homeless and are transitioning to permanent housing, and more!

Click here to view the latest funding opportunities published to Grants.gov.

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Grant Writing: 3 Tips for Crafting Need Statements in Federal Grant Proposals

In this space, we have previously shared tips about the pre-writing phase of completing a federal grant application – for example, the importance of reading (and re-reading) the grant announcement, and the importance of understanding the criteria by which your application will be evaluated.

In this post, we dip our toes into the grant writing process itself and share some tips about crafting a need statement. These tips are adapted from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources & Services Administration’s grant writing guide, titled “Tips for Writing and Submitting Good Grant Proposals”. Along with each tip, we also include an excerpt from an award-winning federal grant proposal that can be viewed in full on the website of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (IMLS has an excellent collection of proposals that are worthy of review – especially for new federal grant applicants.)

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Federal Funding Spotlight on Agriculture: Open Opportunities Supporting Specialty Crops, Food Security & More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights open grant opportunities related to agriculture, including programs supporting…

  • Specialty crops, such as dried fruit, tree nuts and horticulture
  • Agricultural transformation and food security
  • Farmers, ranchers, farm workers and farm family members with disabilities, and more!

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Specialty Crop Block Grant Program – Farm Bill

  • Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Marketing Service
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: May 24, 2019
  •  The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces the availability of approximately $72.4 million in grant funds, less AMS administrative costs, to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops (including floriculture).

 

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Resource: Self-Paced Grants Management Courses from the Department of Education

Continuing our blog series on applicant resources from federal government agencies and offices, today we highlight one of the more comprehensive sets of training modules on offer from the U.S. Department of Education. In fact, there are currently ten self-paced e-learning courses available on ED.gov’s Grants Training and Management Resources page.

Applicant Resources

“While the topics focus primarily on fiscal issues, there are important concepts included in the trainings that are applicable to anyone involved in grants activities, either programmatic or fiscal,” reads a description of the resource.

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What’s New in Federal Grants: Opportunities Supporting Space Tech Research, Homelessness Prevention & More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…

  • programs that address youth homelessness;
  • innovative criminal justice research projects;
  • early-stage space technology research;
  • infrastructure development and capacity building in the humanities;
  • and more!

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Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program

  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: May 15, 2019
  • HUD will select up to 25 communities to participate in the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to develop and execute a coordinated community approach to preventing and ending youth homelessness.

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International Women’s Day: A Special Edition of #FundingFriday

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday marks International Women’s Day by highlighting new funding opportunities supporting women’s issues around the world in the fields of medicine, politics, business and more.

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Strengthening Women’s Voices in Politics

  • Department of State, U.S. Mission to Kenya
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: March 15, 2019
  • This project will use a combination of training, outreach, and mentoring to strengthen women’s voices in the public sphere leading up to the 2022 Kenyan presidential elections.  More specifically, the project will build networks of successful men and women to support women leaders, identify and address gaps in communication and leadership skills among women leaders through training and mentoring, and create opportunities for women to participate fully as equal influencers in public debate on the issues of concern leading to the 2022 national elections.  The project will target female leaders in politics, business, technology, academia, civil society, and media.

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What’s New in Federal Grants: Opportunities Supporting Native American Libraries, Community Programming, and More

This week’s edition of #FundingFriday highlights new grant opportunities supporting…

  • the programs and services of Native American libraries
  • local programming designed to place volunteers in communities to assist older adults and individuals with disabilities in maintaining independence
  • innovative projects that help reduce crashes, injuries, and fatalities involving large trucks and buses
  • and more!

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Native American Library Services Enhancement Grant

  • Institute of Museum and Library Services
  • Current Closing Date for Applications: May 1, 2019 
  • Native American Enhancement grants are competitive grants available to carry out activities, described in 20 U.S.C. 9141, that advance the programs and services of eligible Native American libraries.

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Shared Services: Using Grants.gov Web Services With Other Grant Systems

If you have spent a year or more in the federal grants world – whether as an applicant or as a federal employee – you may have noted the wide range of federal grant systems that are used across the government.

It is lesser known among grant pros that Grants.gov has created a range of web services – often called application programming interfaces (or APIs) outside the grant world – that system administrators can use to link their grant systems to Grants.gov.

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An example of this from everyday life is a blogging platform that gives users the option to publish a blog post via a third-party email client (by sending an email to a specific address).

Similarly, Grants.gov can integrate with other grant systems to streamline workflows for both applicants and grantors. Grants.gov refers to this type of integration as System-to-System (S2S).

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